Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Keith Lewis

Most significant move: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a leap of faith when they released kicker Connor Barth and decided to go with Patrick Murray. Barth was a proven veteran. Murray is an unknown. But Murray had an excellent preseason to win the job. Barth didn’t look quite as sharp and didn’t seem to have as much distance as he did before missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. Barth also was scheduled to make more than $3 million this season. Murray will only cost the team $420,000.

Not so fast: A lot of people were under the assumption running back Jeff Demps would make the roster because the Bucs were so infatuated with his speed. But Demps was released Saturday. The former Olympic sprinter was given every opportunity as a running back and a return man, but he never was able to make things happen in space. Still, Demps has rare speed and the Bucs likely will try to get him signed to the practice squad, where he might be able to develop into something.

What’s next: The Bucs likely aren’t done with roster moves. They’re likely to bring in some players who were released elsewhere. Depth at linebacker, safety and on the offensive line still could be priorities.

Bucs’ cuts: Released WR Solomon Patton, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Ronald Talley, K Connor Barth, TE Cameron Brate, DE Larry English, G Jamon Meredith, DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew, T Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, LB Brandon Magee, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, DL Ronald Talley, S Major Wright and OL Jeremiah Warren.

Bucs begin trimming roster

August, 29, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began the process of trimming their roster Friday with no major surprises.

The Bucs parted ways with 12 players. That leaves the roster count at 63. It has to be down to 53 by Saturday afternoon.

Offensive lineman Jamon Meredith, who once appeared to have a shot at a starting guard job, was the only vested veteran to be waived.

Defensive back Marc Anthony, linebacker Nate Askew, tackle Edawn Coughman, cornerback Kip Edwards, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun, cornerback Anthon Gaitor, linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud, cornerback Keith Lewis, offensive lineman Andrew Miller, fullback Lonnie Pryor and offensive lineman Jeremiah Warren were waived.

Buccaneers Camp Report: Day 14

August, 12, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp:
  • Coach Lovie Smith pulled a bit of a surprise and put an unexpected end to the training camp portion of the preseason Tuesday. The Bucs are off Wednesday. When they return Thursday, they’ll be practicing without pads and preparing for Saturday night’s preseason game with Miami. Smith said he was pleased with camp overall. “I thought it was good," Smith said. “We practiced in the heat of the day most of the time. It’s draining. It’s draining just going through a walk through in Tampa. But the guys got through it. We haven’t had any major injuries. We felt we got about the proper amount of physical contact that we need to get ourselves in position to play the game. I like the work that we’ve done. Most of the guys have made a lot of progress throughout. We just need to kind of take steps now. We want to see improvement in the games."
  • Smith singled out several under-the-radar players that have given themselves a chance to make the roster with strong training camps. He mentioned fullback Jorvorskie Lane, linebacker Danny Lansanah and defensive lineman Scott Solomon. Smith also said rookie receiver Robert Herron has come on strong in recent days after having some problems holding onto the ball earlier in camp.
  • Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was given most of the practice off. Smith said that was a coach’s decision and a reward for a strong camp by McCoy. Nose tackles Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence each got some work at McCoy’s three-technique position.
  • Tuesday was “legends" day. The Bucs welcomed 50 former players to watch practice. That was a nice gesture and a change from former coach Greg Schiano, who didn’t always welcome former players. “I think we’ve made it known that they’re welcome," Smith said. “Not just on legends day, but any day coming back to their football team. What we’re doing, we hope that they see, is we’re trying to get it back. Most of the guys that came here had success while they were here, and that’s what we plan to do."
  • The Bucs signed defensive end T.J. Fatinikun.
  • There is no practice Wednesday. The Bucs are scheduled to practice Thursday at 2 p.m. Although Smith isn’t calling it training camp anymore, the practice still will be open to the public, team officials said. This will be the last open practice of the preseason.
I just got a look at the list of signing bonuses the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave to their undrafted rookie free agents, and it’s pretty enlightening.

Apparently, the Bucs think defensive end Chaz Sutton, offensive tackle Matt Patchan and defensive tackle Euclid Cummings have the best chance of making the roster. Those three rookies received the highest signing bonuses from the Bucs.

Sutton led the way with a $15,000 signing bonus. Patchan was next at $14,850 and Cummings was third with a $10,000 bonus.

The rest of the signing bonuses are as follows: receiver Solomon Patton $9,000, linebacker Nate Askew $7,500, offensive lineman Josh Allen $5,000, receiver Aaron Burks $5,000, guard Andrew Miller $5,000, cornerback Keith Lewis $3,000, and safety Mycal Swaim $3,000.

Quarterback Brett Smith, who already has been released, received a $3,000 signing bonus.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a rookie quarterback after all.

After passing on quarterbacks throughout the draft, the team has signed Wyoming’s Brett Smith as an undrafted free agent. Smith will compete with Mike Kafka for the third quarterback spot behind Josh McCown and Mike Glennon

The other undrafted free agents signed by the Bucs include center Josh Allen (Louisiana-Monroe), linebacker Nate Askew (Texas A&M), wide receiver Aaron Burks (Boise State), defensive tackle Euclid Cummings (Georgia Tech), cornerback Keith Lewis (Virginia-Lynchburg), guard Andrew Miller (Virginia Tech), tackle Matt Patchan (Boston College), wide receiver Solomon Patton (Florida), defensive end Chaz Sutton (South Carolina) and safety Mycal Swaim (Eastern Michigan).

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